Here’s my theory for what’s coming for Olicity. At some point in the not-so-distant future, Felicity is going to blow the mission in order to keep Oliver safe. We saw her do that with Roy and Diggle this past week. Foreshadowing!!!! I think that might be what comes between her and Oliver. After she gets him back from the dead, Felicity will put Oliver and his safety before the mission. She won’t be able to embrace the relationship fully until they both come to terms with which comes first: the mission or each other. She will, in the end, fully embrace the mission and they will be heroes together. Here’s why:
Marc Guggenheim recently divulged his list of all-time favorite TV shows. Babylon 5 was high on that list. My first truly obsessive OTP was Sheridan and Delenn on Babylon 5. Yep, showing my age and my geekness. In case you’re not familiar with the show, Captain Sheridan and Ambassador Delenn come from different cultures (species) who have even been at war in the recent past. Both come together because of a new mission — saving the galaxy and fighting an ancient evil, “The Shadows”. For both of them, the mission must come first. They are both heroes. For 2 seasons, we saw this impossible couple start coming together. We saw kindness and caring on both sides, but could they really be a couple?
(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) (Hang in there with me… this does pay off!) Towards the end of Season 3, Sheridan discovers his long-dead wife isn’t really dead. She asks him to go to the home of this ancient evil, Z’ha’dum, where she’s been living since she disappeared. It seemed that the writer (just one writer in this case — the incredible J.Michael Straczynski — or JMS, to his fans), was blowing up the Sherdan/Delenn relationship. Sheridan was leaving everything to chase after the not-so-dead wife, or so we thought. He was going off to face an unbeatable opponent. He is told ”If you go to Z’ha’dum, you will die.” (Sound familiar?!? Roy says “If you fight Ra’s al Ghul, you will die.” This was my first clue there might be some Babylon 5 parallels in this story. I was right!). In the final scene of the season, the show cuts between a video message Sheridan left for Delenn and Sheridan on the bad-guy planet working to blow them up. In the message, he tells her that he knows it’s probably a trap (it was) and that he does indeed love her — saying ILY to her for the first time. (Tears free-flowing every time I watch this!!!!)
And then he dies — falling into a giant chasm, of course. He knew he was sacrificing himself for the mission. He loved her but the mission to save the galaxy had to come first. Of course, it happened in a remote, unreachable place. All anyone has are rumors and speculation about his death. The audience doesn’t learn that Sheridan is not gone until the very end of the next episode — the first episode of the 4th season. (Sound familiar?) His team — the supporting heroes — don’t learn of his returning from the dead (quite literally, BTW) until 3 episodes after his death. It was Hell watching them go through the grieving and carrying on the mission without him. When he finally does return, he is different. He’s more confident, but a little darker. He’s more willing to do whatever it takes for the greater good. This scares Delenn for a little while. It takes her a while to really come to terms with this new version of her guy. They even lose some members of their team for a while because of these new changes. But Delenn still has the mission. She never loses hope. Her personal motto on the show is “Faith manages”. And eventually, yes, they are ENDGAME.
Obviously, Arrow IS a different show than Babylon 5. How things work out for Olicity is still yet to be seen. Both stories, however, are hero’s journeys. Both will have some things in common. That MG is a Babylon 5 fan certainly bolsters my belief that Olicity is still endgame just like Sheridan and Delenn (we didn’t squish characters names together for ships back then). You should have seen me jumping up and down and pumping my fists in the air last week (before “Left Behind” aired) when MG confirmed he was a B5 fan. To me that was the confirmation that Oliver was still alive, Olicity is endgame and we were all going to be alright.
If you’re interested in seeing the scenes in question, here are the links to the last two scenes of Season 3:
The closing lines of the season, spoken by the Warrior/Sage of the show: “The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us, we know only this it is always born… in pain.”
Our heroes who have returned from being “dead” (top to bottom): Buffy, Harry Potter, Frodo, John Sheridan and Oliver Queen.